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#1 thejoose

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Posted 02 Jul 2008 - 17:17

I find that sometimes when I am driving i have spells of what I can best describe as zoning out, my eyes almost cross and I lose focus on the road or car ahead for a second or two

I tend to only get in when im driving in steady moving traffic about 60/70 miles an hour I never seem to get it when the road is empty or clear.

It scares the hell out of me.

Its NOT tiredness, I get it regardless of level of tiredness, I can have the windows open, music playing, air con on slapping myself and it still can happen



I was thinking possibly some form of hypnosis or trance from the
stuff moving towards me (kinda like what the channel tunnel train drivers used to get)

anyone get anything similar or know what it is?

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Posted 02 Jul 2008 - 17:20

Astigmatism, had a recent eye test?

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Posted 02 Jul 2008 - 17:25

Astigmatism, had a recent eye test?


i dont think its anything to do with my eyes, it only ever happens when im driving in certain traffic conditions but i havnt had a test - my vision is never a problem any other time

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Posted 02 Jul 2008 - 17:29

Might be worth having them looked at just in case.

£25 or so for an eye test, 20 mins bobs you auntie.

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Posted 02 Jul 2008 - 17:38

a friend of mine has this sort of thing but its to do with tiredness and he has to wear giant prism glasses to stop him going cross eyed its great

it also happens when he get ****ed
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Posted 02 Jul 2008 - 18:01

It's quite a common thing, long distance driving & generally driving on motorways- partly why motorways in the uk have slight bends iirc, true-straight motorways in New Zealand were the main cause of accidents....

How long are you usually on the road for?
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Posted 02 Jul 2008 - 18:12

I used to drive between Reading and London and back every day for about two years as a sales rep, the number of times I'd get back to the junction I came off at without being able to recall any of the motorway journey was scary.
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Posted 02 Jul 2008 - 19:52

It's quite a common thing, long distance driving & generally driving on motorways- partly why motorways in the uk have slight bends iirc, true-straight motorways in New Zealand were the main cause of accidents....

How long are you usually on the road for?


It happened today after about an hour

first time was from between the tunnel and j21 of the m25 (m1 junction) and happened again after the luton road works on the m1 after about 20 miles

it doesnt seem to happen in the 50mph speed limits

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Posted 02 Jul 2008 - 22:15

I would recommend an eye test, and if you're job entails you working with computer screens a fair bit, your employer should usually cover the eye test itself. :)
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Posted 02 Jul 2008 - 23:02

its because you drive a Renault, proven fact......its your eyes trying to hide from the embarrasment :(

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Posted 03 Jul 2008 - 06:39

its because you drive a Renault, proven fact......its your eyes trying to hide from the embarrasment :(


I was in my company car..............nice n dry :P

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Posted 03 Jul 2008 - 06:56

as soon as you concentrate do your eyes 'flick back' to normal? if so, then an eye test won't tell anything; all it is is your eyes relaxing as they're not being worked and you're not actively focussing on any object. to stop it, work on being a 'better driver' and start focussing on cars at different distances or signs as you approach them etc and see if it stil lhappens

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Posted 03 Jul 2008 - 07:49

I was in my company car..............nice n dry :P

Untill I saw that cmment I was going to say turn it down :lol:

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Posted 03 Jul 2008 - 08:42

Let me know when your on the road so i can stay at home :o


good luck with the issues though
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Posted 03 Jul 2008 - 10:44

Tenner says overall driver fatigue.
Maintaining optimum concentration for long, repetitive (ie: motorway) periods of time is very hard.

Even on a daily commute, ask me anything remotely detailed about the trip and I probably won't be able to tell you. Gets worse when you're tired and you totally don't recall the last few miles or minutes.
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Posted 03 Jul 2008 - 12:11

i think its fatigue too, i get it on long journeys, i can stop at the services and feel totally awake and fine, then 10 minutes driving later and i feel like i am gonna fall asleep!

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Posted 03 Jul 2008 - 12:15

you should prob still book an eye test for yourself. you should really have them checked every 2 years. they can find all sorts of things like diabetes, tumors, glaucoma, its really worth the £25.

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Posted 03 Jul 2008 - 12:19

i get this when im driving in traffic at times and just pupt it down to boredom as i never get it when moving in free flowing traffic etc just when in slow moving traffic for long periods.

also why i sometimes start changing lanes (carefuly!!!) in traffic to keep me awake.

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Posted 03 Jul 2008 - 12:41

Agree with Rich... keeping driving 'interactive' helps, but also increases your chances of doing something silly, ironically.
Also why night-driving is worse - monotonous dark 3 lanes of lorries and the odd car.

I stick on a good album and shout-along to it, that works.
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Posted 03 Jul 2008 - 12:53

I used to drive between Reading and London and back every day for about two years as a sales rep, the number of times I'd get back to the junction I came off at without being able to recall any of the motorway journey was scary.


i do that all the time lol, motorways are so boring i just seem to switch off, id be a useless long distance driver.